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(NEWSER) – A good book can change your life, but a couple of well-placed ones can save it, apparently. A Florida State University student says the books in his backpack stopped a bullet last night during the campus shooting, reports the Tallahassee Democrat. In a Facebook post complete with photos, Jason Derfuss, 21, says he didn't realize his close call until about three hours after the shooting, when he was safely home and opened his backpack.

He had been in the campus library when the shooting began, having just checked out the books moments before. For the record, one is Great Medieval Thinkers by 14th-century philosopher John Wyclif.

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